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Sawing Bombs in Half by Daniel Finneran

Sawing Bombs in Half by Daniel Finneran

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It is early April, and Jed Collins and Joshua Kaloustian are up at Joshua's parents' beach house in Maine, accompanied only by Gramps, Joshua's Grandfather. While perusing the beach, they find a grey, plastic, three-foot long bomb, with U.S. Navy markings. While trying to figure out what to do with it, and doing different things with it -- sawing it, smuggling it back to Massachusetts -- and as we watch different people -- Jed and Joshua's two other friends, others -- respond to it, could the bomb represent something else? And, through the bomb, could the boys, and Jed in particular, at the age of eleven, be on the cusp of realizing more about the realities of adulthood, and who, in a quiet way, represents much of what is good in this world?

This is from a short-story collection entitled SAWING BOMBS IN HALF & OTHER STORIES, which is not yet completed. The stories begin with adolescence, and continue on through old age. This story does contain a fair amount of metaphor, so hope it does not have too much of the English-major-thing going on (I was not an English major). It also probably has some 'Stand by Me' elements (the movie, I have never read King's 'The Body') but it would seem the world, and culture, of adolescent boys just contains, from my perspective at least, some unavoidable elements. The present Table of Contents is as follows (the stories are listed in the order they will be posted on the webpage):
12] Sawing Bombs in Half
13] My Kingdom for a Horse
14] The Roaming Jacaranda Tree
15] The Stethoscopes
16] A Plant Sale
17] A Children's Story.
18] Dearest Evelyn
19] 'Godspeed, John Glenn'

These, and other stories, can be found at the webpage:
http://sribd.com/nostromo10
It is early April, and Jed Collins and Joshua Kaloustian are up at Joshua's parents' beach house in Maine, accompanied only by Gramps, Joshua's Grandfather. While perusing the beach, they find a grey, plastic, three-foot long bomb, with U.S. Navy markings. While trying to figure out what to do with it, and doing different things with it -- sawing it, smuggling it back to Massachusetts -- and as we watch different people -- Jed and Joshua's two other friends, others -- respond to it, could the bomb represent something else? And, through the bomb, could the boys, and Jed in particular, at the age of eleven, be on the cusp of realizing more about the realities of adulthood, and who, in a quiet way, represents much of what is good in this world?

This is from a short-story collection entitled SAWING BOMBS IN HALF & OTHER STORIES, which is not yet completed. The stories begin with adolescence, and continue on through old age. This story does contain a fair amount of metaphor, so hope it does not have too much of the English-major-thing going on (I was not an English major). It also probably has some 'Stand by Me' elements (the movie, I have never read King's 'The Body') but it would seem the world, and culture, of adolescent boys just contains, from my perspective at least, some unavoidable elements. The present Table of Contents is as follows (the stories are listed in the order they will be posted on the webpage):
12] Sawing Bombs in Half
13] My Kingdom for a Horse
14] The Roaming Jacaranda Tree
15] The Stethoscopes
16] A Plant Sale
17] A Children's Story.
18] Dearest Evelyn
19] 'Godspeed, John Glenn'

These, and other stories, can be found at the webpage:
http://sribd.com/nostromo10

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Published by: Daniel Finneran on Aug 15, 2010
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Daniel Finneran
 
Sawing Bombs in Half 
 byDaniel Finneran
 
Jed Collins, and his friend Joshua, were moping along the edge of WallingfordSprings Beach. (The forward-leaning mope most often, with its chin-forward hang, semi-slumped chest, semi-exaggerated arm swing, and look of serious concern, had,
in
 
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,something of a simian look to it. Though, for the most part, the in-action mope seemed towant to convey, possibly, that one, or both, possibly, actually, had something pressing onhis mind.)They moped onward, discussing, whether -- with a quick glance back towards thehouse -- out and away from the all-seeing eyes of Gramps, they might take a dip, naked,in the late-April waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Or whether, behind the dunes, they mightwant to have a cigarette. (Neither, initially, had been interested in smoking, but it seemed,about a year prior, that that was where most of the prevailing culture was going. And
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nicotine can be a funny thing when you weight about a hundred pounds, so now both pretty much
needed 
a cigarette.)So both ambled, with full semi-simian gate, in amongst the dunes, and saw, at thefar edge of a dune, a grey object, and Joshua immediately, almost without hesitation,walked over to it. He stood over it, gave it a slight kick, and with, it seemed little thought, picked it up, and both stood looking at it. (A pack of hard-pack Camel Filters being heldsteady in Jed’s right hand, as he looked on. In his right pocket, a pack of cinnamon gum‘to take the smell away’ from the cigarette he was about to have. You had to give it toJed, he always did have a plan.)It was about two-and-a-half, maybe three, feet in length, and seemed as grey, andfaded, as the dunes, and it had, at the back, four guidance fins, contained in a circle. Andon the side, in black letters, it said
US NAVY M1133HP7-H15
‘Whaddya’ think it is? Do you think…?’ said Jed.‘It’s a bomb. That’s what it is,’ said Joshua, seeming to know immediately;though, once you took a look, you had to admit it did look like just that.Jed looked at Joshua, and Joshua looked at Jed, and then Joshua turned. Hewalked amongst the dunes, this newly found object held in both hands, and towards thefar edge of a dune, so they could see, and they both looked out at the sea. It was grey- blue, and looked clean. Cleaned by all the storms during the winter.‘The Navy. The Navy must have lost it. Just lost it overboard,’ said Joshua.Jed thinking, with US Navy right there on the side, it was a pretty good bet itwasn’t the Air Force that lost it. Dropped it overboard.
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